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Surgery Today For Woman Injured When Cop Car Hit House

The son of the woman injured when a Jacksonville police car slammed into her house Wednesday is scheduled to have surgery on her jaw Friday, according to her son.

Sandra Wilson is said to be in good spirits as she awaits the procedure at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. She was seriously injured when a patrol car that police say was stolen by 17-year-old Thomas Gibson came plowing into the front of her Pine Valley Rd. house. Wilson's grandchildren were in the home at the time, but they were not injured.

Gibson made his first appearance in court in Jacksonville Thursday, facing several charges, including the attempted murder of a police officer. He's back behind bars under a $345,000 bond.



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With a bandaged arm and an injured finger, a teenager who was charged with stealing a Jacksonville police cruiser appeared before a judge this afternoon.

Thomas Gibson is facing a dozen charges, including attempted first degree murder after police say the handcuffed 17-year-old jumped into the front seat of the cruiser and kicked the vehicle into drive Wednesday morning.

Officer Matthew Summerlin was struck by the cruiser, which then slammed into the home of Carl and Sandra Wilson. The woman, who happened to be in the foyer at the time, was trapped under the debris. Her three grandchildren were eating breakfast nearby, but were not hurt.

In court, Gibson indicated he would be hiring his own attorney and the district judge kept his bond at $345,000.

Police say they originally arrested Gibson for a larceny. Officer Summerlin was released from Onslow Memorial, while Wilson remains at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.


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Police have charged a teenager with attempted first degree murder after they say he stole a Jacksonville police car and crashed it into a nearby house. A woman who lives at the home was injured as well as a police officer.

Police say Thomas Gibson, 17, of Welton Circle had been arrested on larceny charges, handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car when police say he got into the front seat, kicked the vehicle in gear and struck Officer Matthew Summerlin.

The stolen police vehicle then drove a short distance and struck the home at 1000 Pine Valley Road. Police say Gibson got out and tried to run away, but was apprehended.

Carl Wilson says his wife happened to be walking right past the front door and some of the debris hit her in the face, knocking her out. Police say the woman was trapped under the debris.

Wilson says his wife, Sandra, was being transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The Wilsons' three young grandchildren were eating their breakfast in a nearby kitchen, but they were not hurt. Those children are 2, 9 and 10 years old.

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In addition to the attempted murder charge, Gibson is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer; larceny of a motor vehicle; larceny of a firearm; rest, obstruct and delay; assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious bodily harm; two counts of felony hit and run; fleeing to elude; possession of a stolen vehicle; injury to real property; and felony larceny.

He is jailed on a $345,000 bond.


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